You definitely made some wonderful memories together. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
I was thinking the same, only when they told us how bad the flies were, it seems to me they were close to a herd of elk. Horse flies stay with herds and quite possible a cougar was after a calf.The animal with the sreeming sound that came through your camp could very well have been a cougar. I witnessed one many years ago go after a yearling deer, The sounds that they made are very similar to what you described. The cougar had grabbed the deer and was dragging it down a trail. Sounded like a sreeming child. The cries Chilled me to the bone. Could also have been a cougar that was in heat and was looking for a mate. They also make a pretty good screeming sound.
Fred, Oldworld124, and I did visit it last year when riding & camping just down the road from the Burdorf Hot Springs. I've been to and past the "IDBDR Bus" many times. I even have a photo of the bus before there were any BDR's. Suffice it to say, it's been shot up and molested quite a bit since the early days. I doubt IDBDR rider groups are to blame for the shooting...of the bus! haha.Beyond cool!! Looks amazing!!
Seems I remember seeing this bus in one of Fred's or Admiral's writeups before.
It is suprising to see how different it looks. Does anyone know the history of the bus?Fred, Oldworld124, and I did visit it last year when riding & camping just down the road from the Burdorf Hot Springs. I've been to and past the "IDBDR Bus" many times. I even have a photo of the bus before there were any BDR's. Suffice it to say, it's been shot up and molested quite a bit since the early days. I doubt IDBDR rider groups are to blame for the shooting...of the bus! haha.
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That is super cool!Alright. I'm horrible at this ride report. It's obvious. But let's get back into it and finish it up.
We left off with us just finishing the Magruder corridor from Darby Montana to Elk City. We were camped just west of Elk City for another night of eventful camping.
After taking a dip in the lake to freshen up we went back to camp and started getting ready for bed. This usually involves covering up our motorcycle gear in case of rain as well as putting food stuffs away so we don't attract any unwanted wildlife. It was very peaceful at this campsite and we were excited to have a better experience than hemlock ridge. So off to bed we went. It must have been around 1 AM when we were woken straight up by the sound of someone emptying a full magazine from a rifle a few campsites down from us. I'll be 100% honest here. I am an avid gun guy and enjoy target shooting. I'm familiar with all of the gun safety rules and let me tell what's not considered safe. Firing a whole magazine in a campsite in the dark. Who knows where these people are shooting. We sat in the tent for a while waiting to see if we would hear any more commotion, but nothing happened. We were hoping this would be our last sleep interruption, but we were mistaken. A few hours later I was woken up by my wife because we could hear something crawling around in the bushes next to our tent. This was also accompanied by the most intense smell of skunk. Now a skunk isn't a particularly scary animal, but the thought of our tent and gear being sprayed by a skunk while on this trip was scary. So we tried to go back to sleep while making as little noise as possible in the hopes that we wouldn't be sprayed.
Camp site west of Elk City to burgdorf hot springs
That morning after camping we once again woke up deprived of sleep. We had realized that our camping experiences on the BDR this far had been less than ideal. At least we weren't bothered by flies when packing up. Today had us heading down south towards burgdorf hot springs. Today we also took a little liberty from the actual BDR schedule which has you ending in Yellowpine. When planning this trip I wanted a couple days in the middle where we did a little less mileage and stayed at burgdorf hot springs. We also had a hike planned for the following day. This ended up not working out very well especially the next day but I will fill that in later.
So as we headed down south we crossed the river that we camped next to and started climbing the mountains. This section was actually one of our highlights of the entire trip. We ended up on a road called the salmon Grangeville road which was actually paved. Wow this road was good. It was earlier in the morning, the air was crisp, and the views were amazing. This is a road I would love to ride on a bigger adventure bike. It flowed so well. Unfortunately we were too in the moment during this and didn't take a single picture. Trust me if you're in this area ride this road. Anyways you eventually take a detour from the paved Salmon Grangeville road and hit some dirt.
The dirt track leads you to the site of mining town called Florence. There is an old cemetery in Florence which was really cool. We stopped here and looked at all of the interesting headstones. My favorite is pictured below.
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It gives you the idea this was a rowdy bunch of folks back in the day. I also have no idea how they established a town way up here in the mountains. The road out of town back in the day must have been horrible. There were tons of headstones to look at all with their own unique stories as well.
As we left Florence we decided to stop in riggins for gas and lunch. Before we dropped down to the salmon we snapped a few pics from way up top on the mountains. This is actually really impressive here. You are near hells canyon and the river is so far below you.
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We headed down the mountains and stopped in Riggins. We ate at the salmon river inn pizza and sandwich restaurant. I would highly recommend their sandwiches. After we ate and fueled up it was time to head up to burgdorf hot springs. The track has you following the banks of the salmon river for 10 or so miles and then heading straight up an impressive set of switchbacks. Aside from the switchbacks the track here was pretty uneventful until we reached burgdorf. We did however stop at the BDR bus and snapped a pic.
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Here is a photo of us arriving at burgdorf hot springs.
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I cannot overstate how much we loved this place. I also don't know if it was because we were here in the middle of the week, or we just got lucky, but we were one of two couples staying here that night. We basically had the place to ourselves! If you do the BDR DO NOT SKIP BURGDORF! Plan your stay here for at least one night. If I were going to do this again I'd plan a rest day here to really enjoy the area. The hosts were extremely nice and even cooked us pizza that night! We got some amazing sleep as well. I'll end this day with a few more photos of the hot springs and our cabin for the night. Hahaha hopefully someone gets a laugh about our face down floating in the springs.
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